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Baby Boomers and Joint Pain
October 16, 2015 1:09 PM by Debra Karplus
In the 1960s and ‘70s, a good number of baby boomers, post-war people born between the years 1946 and 1964, were rolling, lighting up, and passing around marijuana joints. (Just for the record, that activity was never part of my repertoire!) Now, forty Read More...
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Cycling Safely
September 30, 2015 2:58 PM by Debra Karplus
My friend died recently. I don't know the official cause of death, but I definitely know that he had some dementia that became totally debilitating during the last years of his life - so debilitating that he couldn't function on his own or even in an Read More...
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Laughter Yoga
September 22, 2015 3:18 PM by Debra Karplus
The Park District here advertises free yoga in one of our most beautiful parks each Saturday morning at nine during the summer months. I enjoy doing yoga, and the word "free" always screams my name, so this activity had been on my bucket list for the Read More...
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Respecting Children with Disabilities
September 16, 2015 2:42 PM by Debra Karplus
Yesterday, we stopped at our favorite ice cream store to treat ourselves to hot fudge sundaes. Living in a relatively small town for a long time, I often find myself running into people that I know from some little pocket of my life, and while standing Read More...
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Advising New Moms to Use Caution
September 9, 2015 11:01 AM by Debra Karplus
Through a friend, I heard an incredibly sad story that I share over and over, especially with pregnant teens and new moms. An upper middle class, highly educated couple left their two month old with an experienced nanny while they went out for an appointment Read More...
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Preventing Falls
August 31, 2015 12:52 PM by Debra Karplus
A friend's father, a robust and relatively healthy man in his eighties, went down to the basement to assess the water damage after recent heavy rains and fell. One problem lead to another and within about six weeks, he passed away. We had just been at Read More...
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Back in the Pool
August 26, 2015 1:22 PM by Debra Karplus
For about twenty five years, I swam laps in an indoor pool near my house once or twice a day almost daily. My form was never great, and my swim lasted only about twenty minutes. After my swim I'd sometimes stay for use of the steam room or the whirlpool. Read More...
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Mindfulness and OT
August 17, 2015 10:05 AM by Debra Karplus
Mindfulness is popular these days. It seems that many conversations I have with people turns toward the subject of mindfulness. People are heading to mindfulness training, workshops, and even retreats. I find it interesting that many of these folks are Read More...
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Getting Along on the Job
August 10, 2015 12:09 PM by Debra Karplus
The other day, I started thinking about an interesting interaction that happened a few years ago with a couple of co-workers. I'm not even sure what prompted this experience to pop into my head when it did, but I will share the story. At a long term care Read More...
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Give Credit where Credit is due
August 4, 2015 5:08 PM by Debra Karplus
The other day, I was riding on a commuter train. The last passenger to board the train at my stop was a young woman who was using a blind cane; let's call her Mary. The conductor escorted her to a seat in an area designated for people with disabilities. Read More...
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Taking Dad Fishing
July 28, 2015 12:32 PM by Debra Karplus
Last weekend, we took Dad fishing - a sport that he has always enjoyed since he was a young boy who fished with his father. In Dad's younger years, he especially enjoyed fishing from a boat, and has fond memories of yearly trips up to the north woods Read More...
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Backpacks are a Real Pain
July 20, 2015 4:31 PM by Debra Karplus
It's back-to-school time again, the time when parents and children, from pre-kindergarten to high school head to large discount stores for great deals on school supplies. Backpacks are essential for students regardless of age, grade or physical size. Read More...
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When your Friend has ALS
July 13, 2015 4:53 PM by Debra Karplus
What do you say when your friend tells you that her brother, whom you know, and a man in his mid-fifties who is in the prime of his life, has just been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS), the disease that the general public knows as Lou Read More...
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Choosing a Health Care Career
July 7, 2015 3:10 PM by Debra Karplus
At a dinner party the other night, one young man, Mike, a newly graduated anesthesiologist, was "holding court," answering "doctor questions" from some of the other guests. One guest, a man with a son in college and a daughter finishing high school, asked Read More...
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Online Occupational Therapy?
June 30, 2015 9:38 AM by Debra Karplus
I don't watch much television, but last night, while dozing, I caught the tail end of a commercial advertising a telehealth service that consumers can subscribe to. I was curious and did a bit of research about this. From what I could figure out, a consumer Read More...
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